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The mission of the Salisbury University Libraries’ Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture is to cultivate and sustain the advancement of scholarly research through collecting, preserving, and providing access to records and artifacts that illustrate the rich historical and cultural heritage of the greater Chesapeake region. It was founded in 1982 and includes the Local History Archives, University Archives, and Special Collections, among other book and microfilm collecti...



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The Howard and Marvin E. Cox Ledger and Journal are two separate entries that contain information about the residents of the town of Nanticoke in Wicomico County, Maryland. Recorded are marriages and deaths within the community, with modern additions from Marvin Cox concerning the oyster and construction businesses in Nanticoke and the meeting minutes of the Willing Workers in the 1930s. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2012.058
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Construction, Business, Marriage, Nanticoke,...
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Part of the Humphreys Family Collection, this book belonged to Josephine Humphreys and records several family recipes.  Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2012.048
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Recipes, Salisbury, Maryland, 19th Century
This transcription contains the records of the African American church, Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church, in Fruitland, Maryland, and the church records of Friendship and Flower Hill churches in Eden and Allen, Maryland. Included are marriages and baptisms from 1889-1917. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2012.061
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Fruitland, Maryland, Allen, Eden, Churches,...
The Bethlehem Methodist Church Records document the membership and activities of the Dorchester County church, as well as Taylor's Island's Methodist congregation before the official church's establishment in 1858. Included are baptisms and marriages from 1885 to 1977. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2001.004
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Taylor's Island, Dorchester County, Maryland,...
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by Henrietta Horner Wyeth
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This diary belonged to Henrietta Wyeth, and begins in 1861 with her recovering from an eye illness, and her observations during the Civil War. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2013.093
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Civil War, Virginia, Medicine
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by Clara Gunby
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The Journal of Clara Gunby is part of a larger collection of papers pertaining to the Gunby Family. Clara Gunby started her journal in 1853, and was a Southern sympathizer during the Civil War - ultimately leading to her arrest for defiance and disrespect of Union soldiers. After the war, Clara Gunby married and moved to Allen, Maryland. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/1995.012
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Civil War, Fortress Monroe, Allen, Maryland
The Brattan-Taylor ledgers are ledgers from a store located in Mardela Springs (then called Barren Creek), Maryland. The ledger is archived on microfilm at the Edward H. Nabb Research Center. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/1985.023
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Mardela Spings, Maryland, Business, Ledger
This transcript is a small part of a larger collection documenting the activities of Red Cross volunteers from Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia. The Red Cross Home Service provided disaster relief, home care, and medical services during peace time as well as during the World Wars. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2016.095
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, American Red...
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This transcription was written originally by Caleb C. Cooper, who was asked to write what he remembered his ancestors and family history in 1961. Cooper's family history starts in 1806 with the birth Elijah Cooper, an Englishman, and ends with him reminiscing about his own life. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2007.110
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, James River, Family History
This transcription consists of the records of St. Peter's Methodist Church in Hopewell, Maryland from 1857 to 1969. Although this transcript only covers baptisms and marriages, the full collection contains finances and memberships. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2000.013
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Somerset County, Maryland, Church Records
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by Elijah T.P. Gibbons
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The letters of Elijah T.P. Gibbons document the lives of several of his family members during the Civil War. Gibbons had a cousin, Alexander King who served in the Union Army, and other letters document the thoughts of friends and family on the Civil War, the draft, debts, and bond statements. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/1990.028
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Civil War, Kentucky, Tennessee, Military
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by Henry Siddel
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Part of the Freedom Ainsworth Collection, the Brigg Peggy ledger concerns the finances of the trading ship Brig Peggy , including the expenses of building and outfitting the ship, cargo carried, and the commanding officer's notes, as it traded between the Wicomico River and the Caribbean. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/1999.008
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Age of Sail, Sailing, Trade, Slavery, Law,...
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by Edgar Noble
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Edgar Noble fought for the Union Army in the Civil War, and this diary concerns his actions from January to July of 1863 including his participation in the Battle of Antietam. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2007.053
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Civil War, Antietam, Falmouth, Virginia
This ledger contains the church record of the Madison Circuit of the Delaware Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, which was an African American church in Dorchester County Maryland that included Malone Church. Included are baptisms from 1883 to 1893 and marriages from 1883 to 1894. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2003.003
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Religion, Churches, Dorchester County,...
The  Lieutenant   A llan  Morton Thomas  Jr.   Letters   consists of letters  and personal correspondence  from  Lieutenant  Allan Morton Thomas   Jr. , USNR.  to his wife Georgia E. Thomas   f rom 1942 to 1945.   Thomas Jr.  was a   Lieutenant on  LCI(L) - 225  in  the  U.S.  Navy during World War II.   Thomas Jr. wrote  about his life aboard the ship in the  censored locations of the  Pacific Theater . Several letters have missing pages  and some lines are censored...
Topics: World War II, Personal Correspondence, United States Navy
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by A.B. Chamberlain
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The crop ledger of A.B. Chamberlain documents the crops planted, sold, and processed by A.B. Chamberlain, a farmer in the early 20th century, from 1903 to 1906. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2012.048
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Canning industry, Maryland, Farming,...
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The L.J. Wilson Ledger belonged to L.J. Wilson, who recorded the debits and credits of his customers in and around the town of Princess Anne, Maryland for his  general store. According to available census records, Wilson's store was in operation from 1880 to roughly 1910, and he had effectively retired from the business by 1920. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2006.313
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This ledger transcription concerns the activities of Sarah M. Tarr, a bonnet maker in the 19th century. The ledger contains descriptions of work done, the name of the clients, dates, credits, and debits from 1842 to 1850. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2014.125
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William F. Robinson was a bootmaker from the Delmarva Peninsula during the mid-nineteenth century. Operating from Dorchester County, Maryland (1847-1854) before relocating to Sussex County, Delaware (1868-1872), these ledgers document Robinson's business transactions and customers. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2015.029
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This is the ledger of Marcellus Jones, a Whitehaven, Somerset County merchant. The ledger records the list of customers Jones served and their credits, debits, and goods transferred, and information about Jones and his family. Finding aid link:  http://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2001.010
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by Isaac Handy
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Isaac Handy's diary records his time as a servant in the Philadelphia home of Mrs. Frank Haseltine. Handy, an African American man who was a native of Wicomico County, Maryland, recorded events in and around the home as well as national events such as the election of Grover Cleveland. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2015.125
Topics: Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Salisbury University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Domestic life,...
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by Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture
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Tyrane Lane was an owner of a department store named "Salty Dog" in Crisfield at the time of recording. In this interview, Tyrane describes his upbringing in Crisfield in the 1970s and 1980s, noting the presence of the seafood business in the town at that time, and the changes he's seen in the area since then. He describes the influence of his time in Philadelphia on his business ideas and his inspiration to create his store in Crisfield, primarily selling modern fashion. He also...
Topics: African American History, Business, Crisfield MD, Crisfield Traditions in Time
In this excerpt of an interview with WM Jackson conducted by George H. Corddry, circa 1980, the two discuss the 1931 lynching of Matthew Williams (1993.18.05a). For more information on this collection, visit the finding aid:  http://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/1993.018
Topics: lynching, oral history, Salisbury, Maryland
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by Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture
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Ruth Diggs was a career seafood picker and worker before she moved to other employment. In this interview, she talks about her upbringing in Crisfield and her early experience with the seafood industry, working in numerous seafood houses. She describes the various jobs she and others had at those houses, from shucking oysters to wrapping soft-shell crabs. She also talks about the degradation of Crisfield and the decline of the seafood business in the area, leaving the town mostly out of work....
Topics: Seafood Industry, Crisfield MD, Crisfield Traditions in Time
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This interview was conducted with Alfred David Tuttle, Jr., from Crisfield MD. Tuttle grew up in Crisfield in the early 1970s. In this interview, he describes his childhood in great detail, describing life as a child in Crisfield at that time, the various child groups that existed, and some of the activities he and other children partook in during their free time. He also describes life around Crisfield and the conflicts that occurred, noting that general race relations were good. He also...
Topics: Crisfield Traditions in Time, Crisfield MD, Education, Bullying, Race Relations
In 1996, G. Ray Thompson (professor of history at Salisbury University) transcribed over 120 inventories dating between 1701 to 1720 primarily in the Bogerternorton Hundred, though also other surrounding areas of old Somerset County, Maryland. Included are introductions to the transcription, which was made from microfilm copies held at the Nabb Center.
Topics: court records, colonial America, Maryland
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by Matthew Wise & Pauline Batchelder
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Matthew Wise's history of the Long Family, originally written in 2000 is reproduced and available for the public here courtesy of the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture. Dr. Wise died in 2000, this book was completed posthumously by Pauline Batchelder. Matthew Wise earned his B.A. and M.A. from George Washington University, and completed his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1955. After retirement as a professor and department chair at Roanoke College, he turned his...
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Somerset County, Maryland, Long Family,...
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by Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture
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This interview was conducted with Debra Josenhans, principal of Crisfield High School (CHS) in 2003. Mainly, the interview covers how CHS relates to the local maritime culture, either as a reinforcer or as a path out of that culture. She speaks about projects used to educate students on local history and environmental studies, but also speaks of an effort to get students to think more globally, outside of the shore. She also speaks of the robust culture around the school and its lasting impact...
Topics: Crisfield Traditions in Time, Crisfield High School, Education
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Ed Taylor is a Korean War veteran who was awarded two Bronze Stars for his valor. He talks of his tour of service, including his actions in combat that resulted in his two Bronze Stars, the integration of the military, and his passion in his hometown bridge over Tyaskin Creek near Wetipquin, Maryland.  Transcript available as PDF.
Topics: Korean War, Combat, integration, segregation, religion, Wetipquin
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In the early 2000s, T. Aaron Horner and Joan Barnhart transcribed the marriages, baptisms, and gravestones of St. John's United Methodist Church in Deal Island, Maryland. The original records remain at the church.
Topics: church records, Deal Island, Maryland
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Jordan Rich was the Co-Owner of MeTompkin Bay Oyster Co. in Crisfield MD. In this interview, he talks about the origin of the business and the history of his family in the seafood business, spanning hundreds of years. He also talks about the changes in the seafood industry in recent years, including the loss of local oyster populations and the introduction of seafood imports from east Asia. He also mentions changes in Crisfield in the past few years and the increase in immigrant workers, noting...
Topics: Crisfield Traditions in Time, Seafood, Crisfield MD
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by John Goldsmith (WWDC)
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WARNING: RECORDINGS CONTAIN HARMFUL AND OFFENSIVE WORDS AND PHRASES CONCERNING RACE, INCLUDING EXPLICIT LANGUAGE Recorded during the 1963 unrest during the Civil Rights Movement in Cambridge, Maryland, these audio recordings capture the unedited sounds of both protesters and segregationists. The recordings were made primarily by reporter John Goldsmith for the District of Columbia radio station, WWDC. In the first recording, there are protesters in front of the Dorchester County Courthouse...
Topics: civil rights movement, cambridge movement, cambridge, maryland, segregation, desegregation,...
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by Matthew Wise
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Matthew Wise's history of the Boston Family, originally written in 1986 and long out of print, is reproduced and available for the public here courtesy of the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture.  Matthew Wise earned his B.A. and M.A. from George Washington University, and completed his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1955. After retirement as a professor and department chair at Roanoke College, he turned his attention to his native Eastern Shore, documenting the...
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by Wicomico High School
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The 1922 Tatler details the 1922 class of Wicomico High School, and its rapid expansion. Most notably, fashions of the 1920s have not yet taken off on the Eastern Shore.
Topics: Wicomico High School, Yearbooks, 1922, Salisbury
In 1997, G. Ray Thompson (professor of history at Salisbury University) transcribed over 60 inventories dating between 1667 and 1832 for people who lived in Worcester County, Maryland. Included are introductions to the transcription, which was made from microfilm copies held at the Nabb Center.
Topics: Worcester County, Maryland
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by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Delmarva Folklife Project
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This interview was conducted by Kelly Feltault with Leroy and Phillis Saddler on Tilghman Island, MD, on June 16, 1999. In this interview, Leroy and Phillis describe life on Tilghman island and working on the water. They describe their memory of their parent's water working, each of their parents having skipjacks, sharing stories of their parent's exploits during their work. Leroy describes some of his work at the Tilghman Packing Co. before he retired from that. He then describes model boat...
Topics: Delmarva Folklife Project, water work, watermen, foodways, seafood, workplace accidents, Tilghman...
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by Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture
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This interview was conducted with Binky Dize, a lifelong waterman and Smith Island native who gives lectures at the Crisfield Heritage Foundation and Museum. In the interview, Dize talks about his upbringing and the history of his family on Smith island, dating back to the 1600s. He talks about his life as a waterman and the lessons he learned from his father, as well as how this culture is reflected in Crisfield. He also talks about his ties to both Smith Island and Crisfield, participating in...
Topics: Crisfield Traditions in Time, Smith Island, Crisfield MD, Watermen
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by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Delmarva Folklife Project
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This interview was conducted by Kelly Feltault with Jay Cherrix in Chincoteqgue Island, Va. In this brief interview, Jay describes a mural he created on the ceiling of his workshop. He describes the meaning behind the mural, involving angels, peace, love, heaven, Christ, and other images. He describes his style and design and his inspiration for painting and art. He also describes his favorite tool, the "wrasp", and the uses it has in art, as well as the use of art in expressing...
Topics: Delmarva Folklife Project, Religion, art, Chincoteague (va.)
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by Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture
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This interview was conducted with Valerie Mason, Office Manager of the Crisfield Chamber of Commerce in Crisfield, MD, and daughter of Austin Cox, Sr. In this interview, Mason describes her role in the Chamber of Commerce and what some of the responsibilities of that organization are, as well as some of the events they sponsor to generate revenue. The largest event they sponsor is the Crab Derby, bringing around 10,000 participants and thousands of dollars in revenue. Other popular events...
Topics: Crisfield Traditions in Time, Tourism, Crisfield MD
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by James M. Bennett High School
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For the 1968 Voyager, elements from older yearbooks return. The county school board is profiled and photographed, and is the first yearbook to have portions presented in color photography. James M. Bennett High School also had their first male exchange student, this time from Australia.
Topics: James M. Bennett Senior High School, Yearbooks, Australia, Salisbury, Maryland, 1968
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by Wicomico High School
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The 1951 Wicomico High School Tom Tom was put together by the Class of 1951, and details the Wicomico High School classes of 1951-1955. Several students express their wish to serve in the Korean War.
Topics: Wicomico High School, Yearbooks, Korean War, Salisbury, Maryland, 1951
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by Salisbury Chamber of Commerce, Mullin-Kille of Pennsylvania
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This brochure was created by the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce and Mullin-Kille of Pennsylvania as a preface to the 1965 city directory. The brochure describes the city through text and images.
Topics: city directory, Salisbury, Maryland
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by Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture
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Mary Gladys Jones is a renowned community member in Fruitland, MD, and a retired educator in Wicomico country. She describes her move into education in the early 1940's and 50's and her experience as one of the first African-American teachers to be assigned to a previously all-white school in Salisbury, MD. She chronicles her experience as an educator in Wicomico county and as a founding member of the Fruitland Community Center after her retirement in 1981.  Transcript available as PDF. 
Topics: Wicomico County Education, African American Education, Fruitland Community Center, Education,...
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by Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture
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This interview was conducted with Janet Sneade, owner of Trinity Lane Gospel Corner within Precious Gifts and Apparel. In the interview, she speaks of her upbringing in Crisfield in the 1980s, where she met her husband and settled down to have a family. She describes some of the changes she's seen in the area, notably the economic downturn after the local factories closed, but remains hopeful because of the new ferry being built at the time. She also describes the role of religion in her family...
Topics: Crisfield Traditions in Time, Religion, Crisfield MD
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by Wicomico High School
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The 1977 Tom Tom yearbook for Wicomico high School is notable for having an unusual year for sports: the football team entered a downward slide, and the men's soccer team finished an 8-4 season, and gold returned as a varsity sport for the first time in a decade.
Topics: Wicomico High School, Yearbooks, Salisbury, Maryland, 1977
This cookbook was kept by Eliza Dixon of Pocomoke City, Maryland, circa 1870s. While most recipes are handwritten, there are several pasted clippings with recipes near the end. The cookbook is part of the Mary Anne Pieper Collection at the Nabb Research Center; more information can be found in the finding aid here: http://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2019.076 
Topics: cookbook, recipes
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by Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture
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This interview was conducted with Bart Crockett, a waterman living in Crisfield MD, on the state of the industry and its future in the area. In the interview, he discusses his own business crabbing in the Bay, speaking of the regulations he has to follow and their necessity to preserve the wildlife and watermen's livelihood. He describes the recent economic troubles for crabbers in the area due to a low market price and poor environmental conditions, leading to high mortality rates in crabs...
Topics: Crisfield Traditions in Time, Watermen, Seafood
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by Wicomico High School
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Wicomico High School's 1976 Tom Tom yearbook recounts the excellent season that the varsity football, varsity soccer, and track teams enjoyed
Topics: Wicomico High School, Yearbooks, Salisbury, Maryland, 1976
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The 1972 Tom Tom yearbook for Wicomico High School continues the trend of streamlining and 70's fashion is becoming more prevalent, with several male students sporting long hair and mustaches. Wicomico High School hosts another exchange student, this time from Brazil.
Topics: Wicomico High School, Yearbooks, Brazil, Salisbury, Maryland, 1972
In 1997, Edward F. Jones (lecturer in history at Salisbury University) transcribed the parts of court records and inventories listing enslaved people and indentured servants in Somerset County, Maryland from 1668 to 1720. Sources that Jones transcribed from are listed and, while the originals are kept in the Maryland State Archives, microfilm copies can be accessed in the Nabb Research Center.
Topics: slavery, Somerset, Maryland, colonial America
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by Baltimore Afro American
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This excerpt from a Baltimore Afro American issue dated 12 December 1931 highlights the lynching of Matthew Williams in Salisbury, Maryland on 4 December 1931. Included are images of the violent racial terror attack and testimony from family members, as well as information about an unidentified man who was lynched the same night as Williams. Only an excerpt is provided under fair use.
Topics: lynching, racism, Salisbury, Maryland
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by Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture
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This interview was conducted with Dennis E. Smith, manager at Somers Cove Marina in Crisfield, MD. In this interview, Smith discusses the scope and role of tourism in Crisfield MD as well as the involvement of Somers Cove Marina in that tourism. He discusses the activities that Crisfield had, including food and boating, and the importance of the marina in maintaining that interest in the area, especially for activities on the water. He also describes the marina itself, its construction, and...
Topics: Crisfield Traditions in Time, Crisfield MD, Somers Cove Marina, Tourism
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by Albert E. Walker (editor)
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In 1908, the Wicomico News (edited by Albert E. Walker and published by Brewington Brothers Company) printed a special historical and industrial edition that highlighted people, histories, and companies the City of Salisbury. Its purpose was to "portray the present status and future possibilities of Salisbury, Maryland." In its 45 pages, the newspaper provides extensive stories about the city through biographies and corporate profiles, offering a snapshot of how Salisbury saw itself...
Topics: Wicomico News, Salisbury, Maryland
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by Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture
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In this interview, Anne Dashield describes her experience growing up as an African American in the Salisbury area in the 1930's and 40's. She speaks of her education, the civil rights movement and strife in the 60's, as well as some of her experiences with discrimination.  This interview is part of the Teaching American History Program.  For more information, see the Edward H. Nabb Center Finding Aid:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/finding-aid.php?id=1550
Topics: Segregation, African American History, Discrimination, Civil Rights, Salisbury MD
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by Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture
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This interview was conducted with Christine Tyler, Executive Director of the Crisfield Heritage Foundation in Crisfield, MD. In the interview, she speaks about her life on the Eastern Shore and in Crisfield, as well as her introduction to the Heritage Foundation, eventually becoming its Executive Director. She speaks about the various activities that the foundation sponsors, including the Oyster & Bull roast and the Hard Crab derby, each bringing quite a bit of participation from the...
Topics: Crisfield Traditions in Time, Crisfield MD, Tourism, Crisfield Heritage Foundation
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by Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture
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This interview was conducted with Crazy Sun, an artist and traditionalist in the Accohannock community near Marion Station, MD. In the interview, Crazy Sun tells the story of how he came to the community in search of his heritage and ancestry, using Mormon genealogy records along the way. He also describes his art, which he had been developing all his life, mostly focusing on poetry. He also shares some Cherokee greetings and phrases.  This interview is part of the Crisfield Traditions in Time...
Topics: Crisfield Traditions in Time, Marion Station MD, Native American Oral History
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by Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture
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This interview was conducted with "Hurricane" Hazel Cropper, a Crisfield native and professional crab picker who won the Crab Derby picking contest ten times at the time of the interview. In the interview, she describes her upbringing and introduction to crab picking, noting her strategies and shortcomings when it came to competitions. She also talks about how her talent benefitted her on the road, demonstrating her abilities in Philadelphia and Baltimore, impressing crowds, and...
Topics: Crisfield Traditions in Time, African American History, Crab Picking, Crisfield MD
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by Delaware Advertiser and Farmer's Journal
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The Delaware Advertiser and Farmer's Journal was a newspaper printed in Wilmington, Delaware by W.A. Mendenhall, covering regional news, businesses, markets, and events. In addition to local coverage, the Advertiser would reprint material published by larger newspapers, such as the New York Gazette .
Topics: Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Salisbury University, Salisbury, Maryland, Wilmington, Delaware,...
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On July 15, 2004, Anna L. Lee was interviewed by Penny Grande at Parkside High School in connection with the Teaching American History program. Lee worked as a teacher for 22 years at Bennett Middle School and Wicomico Middle School, serving for 15 years as an administrator. She details her childhood as an African American child in segregated Fruitland and Salisbury, including her experiences of Wicomico County's segregated schools and her decision to go into education. This interview is part...
Topics: Salisbury, Maryland, segregation, Wicomico County Education
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by Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture
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In this interview, Betty Roberta Smith recalls her memories of growing up in the era of segregation in Salisbury, MD. She recalls her time at Fruitland Elementary and Salisbury High School as well as her memories of the Civil Rights movement and its legacy in Princess Anne, south of Salisbury.  This interview is part of the Teaching American History Program.  For more information, see the Edward H. Nabb Center Finding Aid:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/finding-aid.php?id=1550
Topics: Segregation, Integration, Desegregation, Fruitland Elementary School, Maryland State College...
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In this interview, Ed Taylor describes his experiences with segregation and his tour of duty during the Korean War. He describes the segregated neighborhoods and schools of his youth, then his being drafted for the Korean War and the process of integration he experienced there. He also describes the circumstances that earned him two Bronze Stars for his valor.  This interview is part of the Teaching American History Program.  For more information, see the Edward H. Nabb Center Finding Aid: ...
Topics: Korean War, Segregation, Wetipquin MD
In 2004, G. Ray Thompson (professor of history at Salisbury University) transcribed over 300 inventories dating between 1665 to 1700 primarily in the Bogerternorton Hundred, though also other surrounding areas of old Somerset County, Maryland. Included are introductions to the transcription, which was made from microfilm copies held at the Nabb Center.
Topics: court records, colonial America, Maryland
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by Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture
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Anthony "Tony" Sarbanes was an educator and administrator in Wicomico County from 1961 until he retired in 1989. He was a teacher for four years before becoming an administrator in 1965 right before integration in 1966, and he speaks of the various challenges associated with that tumultuous time. He also speaks of his actions that helped establish Parkside High School in Salisbury.  Transcript available as PDF. 
Topics: Segregation, Race Relations, Integration, Wicomico County Sports Education, Wicomico County...
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The 1960 Tom Tom is notable for being the yearbook for Maryland Representative Norman H. Conway.
Topics: Wicomico High School, Yearbooks, Norman H Conway, Salisbury, Maryland, 1960
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The 1975 Tom Tom yearbook for Wicomico High School documents the 7-3 season for the varsity soccer team and a 13-1 season for girl's basketball team
Topics: Wicomico High School, Yearbooks, Salisbury, Maryland, 1975
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The 1978 edition of Wicomico High School's Tom Tom yearbook is notable for epitomizing 1970's fashion: there are lots of earth tones, afros, and long hair.
Topics: Wicomico High School, Yearbooks, Salisbury, Maryland, 1978
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James Turner is a long-time educator in Wicomico County, serving at WorWic Community College and Parkside high school. In this interview, he describes his upbringing in the midst of segregation as an African American and his experience with the desegregation of Salisbury, MD. He also describes his various employments including law enforcement, Principal of a night school, and being a Pastor.  This interview is part of the Teaching American History Program.  For more information, see the...
Topics: Segregation, Immigration, Desegregation, African American Education, Salisbury MD, Parkside High...
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by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Delmarva Folklife Project
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This interview was conducted by Kelly Feltault with Janet Melvin on August 19, 1998. Janet Melvin is from Harrington, Deleware, and specializes in Swedish embroidery and quilting. In the interview, she describes her introduction to the craft of quilting and swedish embroidery and the varoius techniques and meanings involved in those crafts. She also describes their significance for family members as gifts and heirlooms. Janet also speaks of the community around needleworkers and the impact...
Topics: Delmarva Folklife Project, Needlework, Harrington (de.), Swedish Embroidery
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by Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture
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This interview was conducted with Samuel Dyke, then President of the Tri County Bird Club of Maryland. In this interview, Dyke talks about the practice of Birding and his involvement in the Bird Club, speaking of its history and activities as well. He also speaks about some of his favorite birds to study, including the "Christmas Bird". 
Topics: Tri County Bird Club, Birding, Bird Watching, Wildlife Preservation
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This birth register belonged to Dr. Jesse Wanner, who practiced on Maryland's Eastern Shore in Tyaskin, Bivalve, and western Wicomico County. His register detailed not only the patient, but also the date of birth, the assisting physician or midwife, and payment for services. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2001.007
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Health and Medicine, Births, 1914, Wicomico...
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The 1981 Jame M. Bennett Voyager yearbook commemorates the varsity football team's status as city champions for the second year in a row, and JV football's 6-1 season.
Topics: James M. Bennet Senior High School, Yearbooks, Salisbury, Maryland, 1981
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The 1974 Wicomico High School Tom Tom covers not only the 1974 energy crisis, but also was the graduating class of actress Linda Hamilton, known for playing Sarah Connor in the Terminator franchise.
Topics: Wicomico High School, Yearbooks, Linda Hamilton, Hollywood, Terminator, Salisbury, Maryland, 1974